Kevin Barton - Painting en Plein Air

Wonder by Kevin Barton, 20 x 40 oil painting

Kevin Barton of Petoskey, Michigan, enjoys capturing the specific details of a subject, yet he wants people to know they are looking at a "painting." To look at his style is to see the world made of paint.

Wonder, by Kevin Barton, 20" x 40" oil, imaged above, is a recent work and a great example of his approach to painting en Plein Air. 

The heavily textured and brightly colored paintings that result, engage the viewers imagination and uniquely instill in them a sense of participating in something timeless while the sense of loose detail always gives the collector new things to find in a piece.

Kevin's painterly work frequently captures Best in Show Awards. In 2019, he was awarded Best in Show in the "Small Wonders" event at Paint Grand Traverse. He also won the Best in Show distinction in 2021 at Crooked Tree Art Center's "Play it Forward" Autumn Paint Out.

To see more of Kevin's colorful paintings, visit his website at

To learn more about the Crooked Tree Art Center and the featured artists, including Kevin Barton, in this year's annual Paint Grand Traverse "a plein air affair," visit their website at

Award-winning Artists in Oyster Bay, NY

The recipients of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors prizes, in the 5th Annual Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill, are pictured here and their winning paintings below.

From left: Tony Winters, Patricia Watwood, and Dean Adams


Tony Winters, First Place


Patricia Watwood, Second Place


Dean Adams, Third Place


The Teaching Studios of Art held its 5th Annual Plein Air Competition at Sagamore Hill on September 23 & 24

It was our pleasure to sponsor three prizes for this juried event celebrating the North Shore landscape at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY.  

Tony Winters, the 1st place winner, is pictured here at work on his painting.

Devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages, the Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay offers classical art classes and workshops throughout the year on Long Island. Visit

Award-winning Artists in Tahoe City, CA

The recipients of Vasari Classic Artists' Oil Colors prizes, in each event of the juried North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open, are pictured here with their successful paintings. To view more work click on the links to their websites:

Trina Gold, First Place in the Main Competition


Sarah Lam, Second Place in the Quick Draw Competition


Nataliya Tyaglo, People's Choice-Tahoe City Wine Walk


North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open

We were delighted to offer prizes in support of this year's North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open, hosted by North Tahoe Arts, in Tahoe City, CA June 13-18

Visit for how this vital non-profit has been promoting and supporting the arts in the Tahoe-Truckee communities for over 25 years.